Aotea Centre, Mayoral Drive
About Aotea Centre
The Aotea Centre was designed in 1974 by city architect Ewen Wainscott, but wasn’t built until the late 1980s. It opened in 1990, marking the beginning of the organisation that is now Auckland Live. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was the star of the first concert held there.
Today, the Aotea Centre hosts a wide variety of activities including key performances by New Zealand Opera and the Royal New Zealand Ballet, live music, and is a perfect space for large conventions. You will also find the administration offices for Auckland Live, T?taki Auckland Unlimited, and Auckland Conventions on Level Four of the building.
The Centre was refurbished in 2013 to include two theatres: the 2139-seat Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, and the 186-seat Herald Theatre. The front face of the venue was opened up to include a café, now known as The Terrace Café.
Additional refurbishments in 2018 have seen the foyers of the Centre streamlined and updated, filled with light, appealing function spaces, and new bar areas.